Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Review: Ghost Wolf by Hurri Cosmo

Ghost WolfTitle ~ Ghost Wolf

Author ~ Hurri Cosmo

Publisher ~ Painted Hearts Publishing

Published ~ 18th January 2018

Genre ~ Paranormal M/M Romance, Mystery/Suspense





Hi, my name is Trevor. I’m a wolf shifter. I say that like I know what I’m talking about. I don’t. I was simply running off a ton of steam one day when I was about eleven and bam! Okay, not quite that easy or fast but it happened when I was young and stupid. I’m also gay. I say that like I know what I’m talking about with that too. I simply don’t.
I’m grown up now and living in the big city which has me too busy to much care about either one of those things. I get out and run my wolf when I can, trying like hell to stay out of the local pack’s territories. Belonging to a “family” just sounds like too much work. I honestly don’t have time for such things. Besides, I was told when I was young the color of my wolf was all wrong. Too silver I guess. Metallic. I thought it looked cool in the full moon. “An Alpha would kill ya soon as look at ya.” My grandpa used to say. Course he wasn't my real grandpa. Just an old man who lived down the street. But he was a shifter too and I thought he knew it all. He probably knew diddly shit either but a guy can’t be too careful.
So romance? Way off the radar.
But then someone started killing wolves. Started leaving lined up broken bodies all in a nice little row next to the high school in my home town and it got me to thinking. If a shifter is killed in his or her wolf state, does he/she stay that way? Were these dead wolves like me?
I had to see what I could do. Kind of like a super hero. Oh yeah. Probably forgot to tell you this. I can turn invisible.
Yep, Ghost Wolf to the rescue.


Freya’s Review

In a nutshell, Ghost Wolf is a shifter story with a twist – Trevor can also turn invisible.

Did I enjoy it? Yes, I did.


The blurb on this story led me to believe that the primary arc involved Trevor doing some sleuthing to thwart someone killing wolves, using his invisibility to good effect. I was geared up for a shifter detective style story. I didn’t get that, in the traditional sense. The wolf murders are a part of the story, but I wouldn’t say that it is the focus. Given the percentage of page space, it takes up I would relegate it to at least secondary. The lions share is taken up with pack lore, fated mates, seduction, myths and the combining of known worlds. All entertaining, but not completely true to the interpretation of the billing. This is not Ghost Detective in wolf form, albeit Trevor is an inquisitive, independent soul – a fact that often gets him into trouble.

Told in the first person from Trevor’s POV, the initial chapters are taken up with his early years at school. He was bullied and effectively told to suck it up as part of life. He also realised his sexuality and that he was a shifter. These times, shaped his outlook and his ‘I fight my own battles’ persona. I liked Trevor’s sense of humor and that he was not a push-over. The events that led to his ability to turn invisible gave the story an interesting turn and extra angle to delve into.

When Trevor moves to the city, he goes from being a virgin omega counting the dollars, to the position where two alphas are fighting over him. One, Ryan, is his fated mate – a predestined love - and a rich one at that, with a female fiancĂ©e hellbent on causing waves. Subsequently, there is a period of confusion/adjustment and the drawing of lines over what precisely the alpha has control of. And what Trevor is prepared to let a man used to doing what he believes right, get away with.

Enter a ton of complications involving shifter lore, causing a bit of an information dump. Expanded later by additional game-changing facts, as well as some game-changing sex. A reader who regularly picks up shifter stories will probably be more appreciative of pack intricacies than I was.

Up to a point, the wolf murders are very much on the backburner. Other than a few scenes, they don’t become a major part of the story until 80% of the way through. Trevor does some ghost investigating, but most of it is into the company he works for who he is sure are doing something illegal.

Ghost Wolf is an incredibly detailed story. Much of it dedicated to scenery, internal thoughts, and dialogue. There was also a comprehensive description of scenes that had a negligible bearing on the bigger plot. In those instances, I feel the story would have benefited from a little more radical editing, reducing the paragraph to a sentence. Given the novel’s length, a couple of thousand words less, wouldn’t have harmed it.

All the way through, I was waiting for events to happen that would grab my heart and put me on edge. Some scenes had real promise, but they either petered out or ended too soon. The events depicted were interesting and entertaining. But, for me a story this long needs to have more oomph. More than one major event that is bigger than an ex-girlfriend’s threats or possible misinterpretation of shifter lore. When the action did come, it was good albeit too short.

Overall, I found this a well-written novel, with elements that I thought were different to anything else I’ve read. There is much to like. Trevor’s association with the otherworldly elements of shifter history is something I could read more of. His journey ultimately changes practically everything in his life. So, if you are looking for the kind of story that completely takes you into the world of another, whose dramatic elements don’t leave you hanging for too long. This is for you.

Purchase Links

Painted hearts publishing



Meet Hurri Cosmo

Hurri Cosmo lives in Minnesota where she holds tight to the idea that there, where it’s cold a good part of the year, she won’t age as fast. Yep, she avoids the truth as much as she avoids mirrors. But one of the reasons she loves writing is reality doesn’t always offer up a “happily ever after” and being able to take control of that is a powerful lure. Being a happy ending junkie, writing just makes them easier to find. Oh, she doesn’t mind “real life” and she does try to at least keep it in mind when she writes her stories, but she truly loves creating a wonderful couple, knowing they will fall in love and have their HEA. Every - single - time. And, of course, that is exactly the reason she loves reading this genre, too. Give her a glass of red wine, some dark chocolate, and her computer, whether she is reading or writing, and she will entertain herself for hours. The fact she actually gets paid to do it is Snickers bars on the frosting on the cake.



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